Monday, September 18, 2017

My KO MP-10 Optimus Primes...

... the older KO is now on my office table... Although I like the metallic paint of the older KO, the paint chipping is quite enough to deter me from liking the figure... Have been transforming the newer one a lot, much more than what I have transformed the older one in total over the past few years... hahahaha... Truck mode...




Robot mode... did quite some repair and reinforcement work on the newer KO, and am still deciding whether to paint the eyes light blue... perhaps next time...




"Till all are ... 2 ????!!!! "

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Side-Tracked: Recent Haul of KOs and TFs and Etc (199) - Combiner Wars Bombshell , Generations Skrapnel , Titans Return Blitzwing , KO MP-10 Optimus Prime (Takara Colours) , Bootleg? Funko Pop Groot

Haul from Taobao.com arrived!!! Cannot resist the temptation to collect all 3 legends class Insecticons after getting the TR Kickback... First up, Combiner Wars Bombshell !!! Costs approximately SGD9.25 ...


Generations Skrapnel (a.k.a. Shrapnel) with Reflector... Still deciding should I display Reflector... This seem to be the China "Factory" version, which may be QC rejects or such goods, so the quality is not guaranteed. My copy is quite evident in the yellow paint on the chest not properly done... But still, is good enough for me already!!! Hahahaha... Costs approximately SGD 8.85 ...


And I had to get him (below picture) to replace my old Generations Blitzwing, as this Titans Return version is much more accurate to his G1 version... Costs approximately SGD39.95 ... Nice... Should be the last of the Titans Return figure I will be getting, looking forward to the Power of the Primes line... but most likely have to reduce my purchases next year... anyway...


Finally!!!! I have a (KO) MP-10 that I can transform without having to worry about paint chipping!!!! hahahahaha... Costs approximately SGD64.95 ... This seemed to be a lowered-quality version of the KO MP-10s, with many issues of loose ankles, shoulder-pull-out joints, loose neck joints, and weird sticky-surface syndrome... sounds terrible but for me, as long the issues don't require a complicated fix, I am okay with the issues... Will try to take and upload some pictures of my 2 KO MP-10s if I got time...


... and lastly, a bootleg (I believed) Funko Pop Groot figurine to display at my office cubicle... So cute... as cute as the Baby version...  Costs approximately SGD 8.25 ...



And a video to show the 2 sets of Insecticons that I have (Oversized KO and the new legends class version):


Edit: Put them here as don't want to start a new post for them only... hahahaha... For my little niece and nephew respectively...





Saturday, September 2, 2017

Side-Tracked: Recent Haul of TFs (198) - Titans Return Kickback, and Miscellaneous Toys for Newphew and Niece

Happen to see a (mini) toys sale at B1 of Changi City Point and gotten some toys for myself and my 2 little ones... First up is a $10 Titans Return Kickback, which also happens to be the only 1 left in the few pieces of TR legends TFs lying around... And with this, it kick-started my hunt for the other 2 Insecticons at Taobao.com, hahahahaha.... Also waiting for my KO MP-10, TR Blitzwing, and KO Squeeks, Baby Groot figurines, all from Taobao.com .... hahahaha...


Robot mode... can do the typical Iron Man 3-point landing pose, hahaha, very nice...



Insect mode... very nice locust / grasshopper / whatever...



And finally, a quick comparison of this figure and my oversized KO G1 Kickback...



Also gotten a Ben10 Transform N Battle Diamonhead Set at $15 for my little nephew... Initially thought I gotten a defective set when I cannot let the blades stay locked in, but after I dismantle it, then I realised there is a plastic tab that needs to be pulled out to let the locking function works.... Silly me... Also bought from eBay a Tenkai Knight set, hope it arrives without hiccups...


Also the following for my little niece... Oh, the Shopkins is bought at Robinsons Expo Sales at Singapore Expo which is near to Changi City Point...


Friday, August 18, 2017

Side-Tracked: Recent Haul of TFs (197) - Titans Return Octone a.k.a. Octane

Finally gotten him!!!! Did not purchase this Titans Return Octone (or rather, Octane) locally but through Taobao.com, as it is much cheaper even with shipping and agent fee... Cost approximately SGD40.50, which is way cheaper than the normal price of $56.99 in Toys R Us... Have also ordered a KO MP10 OP (normal size and colour) and a KO TLK Sqweeks normal-sized version (simply because his legit version is too expensive for this little toy, hahahaha)...


AS this is the China-sold version, it has an additional chinese instruction sheet...


... Oil tanker mode!!!! ... Is the better of his alt modes, in my own view...


Plane mode!!! Weird lump of parts at the rear of the jet... I believe the front grills (purplish and black square parts) are deliberately designed to be positioned there to resemble the G1 version... 


And my usual way of transforming to plane mode... rear of plane looks a little less bulky than the official transformation...


Best mode - Robot mode!!! Yeap, I also prefer to transform him without the large shoulder pads and "rabbit ears", so as to be more G1-like...


And I find the fat gun to be ugly, so will just use this slimmer one, hahahahaha...

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Side-Tracked: Recent Haul of TFs (196) - Takara AD-01 Optimus Prime

Had to get him as my KO version was damaged beyond repair after I took it out from display to transform it not long ago... And decided to spend a bit more to get the Takara version as the paint job is better especially the robot head... Costs approximately SGD39.90... from Taobao.com...


The painted tire rims are so nice!!!



Even the robot limbs are painted silver... Nice clicking sounds that came from the ratcheting joints which the KO version had mostly missing...



I had doubted the authenticity of this figure as mine came with no instructions and most critically, the spring flaps on the thighs are stuck while transforming to robot mode... Some shaving and chiselling eventually solved the issue but it leads me to wander if I got a bootleg version... Hahahahahahahaha....

Sunday, July 9, 2017

Side-Tracked: Recent Haul of KOs (195) - KO Robot Masters Optimus Prime

Wanted to get a good Optimus Prime to go with the KBB Walthertron in my office, and then realize that maybe Robot Master series figures may be of a suitable size... and it seem so... So bought this KO Robot Masters Optimus Prime from Taobao.com, and it turn out to be quite a good figure!! ... Cost approximately SGD 8.25 ...


The plastic used does not feel like fragile type, and overall weight is quite hefty for a KO... However,the head is simplified to non-rotating, and hence face is clearly visible in truck mode... Cannot tolerate this... Also, the smokestacks (white plastic) and front-light sections (blue plastic) are also missing paint application, making the truck looks a bit ugly...


... And truck mode after adding paint... Should I paint the wheel hubs??? Hmmm...


... Oh, also restored the head to be able to rotate 360 degree...


... robot mode, as out of the packaging... Joints are generally tight, except for 1 leg's hip-joint which can be repaired tightened using 2 drops of super-glue... The side-abs are missing the spring effect, but not an issue as they can be manually swung down when transforming it...


Added some yellow to the arms, and also over the crotch piece and hips too... Also restored the silver side-abs... Looks good!!! The white plastic rifle is also coated with black paint from a black paint pen with some silver detail...


This is still 1 of the better representation of the G1 (cartoon) Optimus Prime in my personal opinion, though the (leg) articulation is less than satisfactory....

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Side-Tracked: Recent Haul of TFs (194) - Titans Return Alpha Trion

Gotten this from Metro at a very good price of SGD 25 only...


I like this way of transforming him in robot mode, where the 2 front beast limbs are folded to the back, making him look "slimmer", hahahaha.... Oh, have since kept the "spaceship-gun" thing as it really looks out of place for my preference...



Beast mode is a bit weird and looks good only when viewed from the side... and the purple unpainted eyes are hidden in the face, so decided to dismantle the head-halves and repaint the eyes to orange using a paint-pen... looks so much better...



And don't quite like the spaceship-carrier-whatsoever mode... so decide to configure this mode to include wing-like parts, and make it look like a jet-ish vehicle... A few configurations came into mind, and I posted some of these that I played and like...